THE ASSOCIATION: The USS LITTLE ROCK Association is a not-for-profit organization with an IRC 501 (C19) tax status, incorporated in New York State. Its membership is comprised primarily of veterans of service in USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92) from 1945 to 1949, or the ship's modernized configuration USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG 4) from 1960 to 1976.
The USS LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Program was initiated in 2001.
Following is the scholarship announcement that is sent each spring to all NROTC units by
the program office at the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) headquarters.
USS LITTLE ROCK NROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
THE PROGRAM: The USS LITTLE ROCK Association will provide financial assistance, on an annual basis, to one or several deserving students enrolled in one of the NROTC Programs who are selected from a competitive group of applicants meeting the eligibility requirements, as set forth below. Specifically, grants of $1000 will be made to selected recipients entering their third academic year in any of the several NROTC programs (scholarship, college program, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, Seaman to Admiral, or Seaman to Admiral - 21). A follow-on grant of $1000 will be made to each previous award recipient who has satisfactorily completed the third year and is advancing into the fourth academic year within his/her NROTC program, subject to approval and certification by the NROTC unit commanding officer. While two students have received awards under this program in each of its previous 11 years of existence, the number of annual awards will be based on the Association’s evaluation of candidate merit and its financial ability to support this program.
ELIGIBILITY: NROTC students, as noted above, who are the children or direct descendents of active, retired, or honorably discharged members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or their Reserve components; or who themselves are serving or have served in any of the Regular or Reserve sea services; or who are USS LITTLE ROCK Association "Junior Associates" who have been members in good standing for at least two years, are eligible for further consideration on the basis of individual merit. Candidates, otherwise eligible, must have demonstrated superior leadership qualities and aptitude for the service, and shall have achieved a cumulative grade point average (Cum GPA) of at least 3.0, in all accredited course work.
APPLICATION: APPLICATION: Interested, qualified candidates may apply during their second academic year in letter format addressing each of the eligibility criteria and first endorsed by the Professor of Naval Science. (The letter shall contain text of approximately 500 words describing why the candidate considers him/herself worthy of the award.) A copy of the student’s academic transcript or similar official record shall accompany the application. Applications/nominations must be received by NSTC, OD4 no later than 24 May, 2013. Initial selection will be conducted by a duly comprised board within NSTC that is impaneled to perform this function for NROTC scholarship programs such as this. Selection results will be forwarded to the USS LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Committee for review of application packages and final selection.
AWARD: Award recipients will be notified by the USS LITTLE ROCK Association as soon as selection is final, and awards will be made as early as possible in the recipient's third academic year. Each first-year award will be in the form of a $1000 check made out to the individual and a framed certificate. Presentation will be made by a representative of the Association, or the check and certificate will be sent via the commanding officer of the NROTC unit for appropriate presentation. The second-year award will similarly be a $1000 check made out to the individual and sent via the unit commanding officer.
NSTC POC: Mr. David Young, at (850) 452-9422
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR DESCENDANTS
MEMBERS OF THE USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION 2013
THE ASSOCIATION: The USS LITTLE ROCK Association is a not-for-profit organization with an IRC 501 (C19) tax exempt status, incorporated in New York State. Its membership is comprised primarily of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of service in USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92) from 1945 to1949, or the ship's modernized configuration USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG 4) from 1960 to 1976.
THE PROGRAM: The USS LITTLE ROCK Association will provide financial assistance to deserving college/university students, pursuing bachelor’s degrees, who are the direct descendants (children/grandchildren/great grandchildren) of USS LITTLE ROCK veterans who are members of the Association in good standing, or were at the time of death in the case of those now deceased. Awards are based upon academic achievement and motivation, as measured in their fourth semester at an accredited four-year institution of higher learning and endorsed by a college/university official. Grants of $1000 will be made to selected recipients entering their third academic year. A follow-on grant of $1000 will be made to a previous award winner who has satisfactorily completed the third year and is advancing into the fourth year, subject to receipt by the Association of proof of continuing qualifying academic performance. The number of annual awards, if any, will be based on the Association’s evaluation of candidate merit, the number of applicants, and financial resources available to support the program.
ELIGIBILITY: Full time students (at least 15 credit hours per semester), as noted above, who are the offspring of USS LITTLE ROCK Association veteran members, who are in good standing, are eligible if they have achieved a cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA) of at least 3.0 in all accredited course work, as projected through the fourth semester. They must also, in the best estimate of the endorsing official, possess the character and motivation to complete their bachelor’s degree work with continuing high academic achievement.
APPLICATION: Interested, qualified candidates may apply during the spring semester of their second academic year. The application shall be in letter format that addresses each of the eligibility criteria, clearly stating the name of the father/grandfather/great grandfather who is a veteran member of the Association. A text of approximately 500 words shall be included that describes why the candidate considers him/herself worthy of the award. An academic transcript issued by the college/university must accompany the application. When assembled, the application shall be presented to the academic counselor or academic major department head for an endorsement in writing. Applications must be received by the USS LITTLE ROCK Association Secretary, Frank E. Berglas at 10 Bayberry Lane, South Salem, NY 10590-1414 not later than May 24, 2013. Applications will be initially screened by an ad hoc committee of three, designated by the President, to ensure each application is complete and eligibility requirements are met. The committee will redact all references to the USS LITTLE ROCK Association sponsoring member. Redacted applications of candidates found to be eligible will be sent to the Scholarship Committee, that will be ”blinded” to the hereditary relationship to a member, for evaluation of merit for an award. Members with offspring in the competition shall remove themselves from participation in any part of the selection process. Selection results will be announced at the Association’s 2013 annual reunion.
AWARD: Award recipients, their member sponsors, and their academic endorsers will be notified by the USS LITTLE ROCK Association as soon as selection is final. Each $1000 award will be made as early as possible in the recipient’s third and fourth academic years. Every effort will be made to arrange an appropriate ceremony at the winner’s school with an Association member on hand to present the first award.
The second $1000 award will be sent directly to the winner upon recertification by the academic endorser.
Questions regarding the Scholarship Program should be directed to Kent Siegel, Scholarship Committee Chairman, at:
Phone: (703) 360-8948, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org